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Child Care ‘Crisis’ Slows US Economy


Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, many American parents are having a difficult time balancing the needs of their children and work responsibilities.

That is because many childcare centers in the United States have closed. The ones that remain open have limited spaces for additional children.

Media reports say the problem is “a national crisis.” The Associated Press (AP) notes that President Joe Biden is trying to include a “burst” of spending on children in the $1.9 trillion spending bill being considered by the U.S. Congress.

The Biden administration has said it does not want parents to spend more than seven percent of their income on childcare costs. The administration also wants pre-school for very young children to be available to every family.

A preschooler gets up on her toes to reach into her assigned cubby at a preschool center Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


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